Etsy Treasury: World Math Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Those of you who know me know that math and I don’t get along very well. We had a fight many years ago, and have barely spoken since. So it may be rather surprising to see me choosing to celebrate World Math Day today. Well, just because we aren’t good friends, that doesn’t mean that math isn’t important or doesn’t deserve to be celebrated! (I also didn’t feel like celebrating Registered Dietician Day or No Smoking Day. ;))

I was fairly average at math in school. Our class had been divided into four math groups based on skills, and I was firmly in the second-highest group. In sixth grade, we were given some sort of standardized math test to better evaluate our abilities and determine which students got to be placed in an advanced math class. None of us had ever been taught the concept of algebra, but this test included a section that briefly explained the basic premise of it followed by a few problems to solve to see how well we understood it. Perhaps the way it was presented made sense to me, because I apparently did really well with the algebra portion of the test and was the only student in second-highest group to be chosen for the advanced math class. There were kids in the higher math class that didn’t even make it!

I didn’t pat myself on the back for very long.

Sure I got the basic idea of algebra down pat: finding x in simple equations like the ones in the sample test was easy. But soon the math concepts got harder and harder, the homework got tougher and tougher. It was a far cry from the adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and fractions I had already sorta had down pat. In the third marking period in seventh grade, I got my first ever F on a report card. Yikes. I passed math by the skin of my teeth through eighth grade, and by freshman year in high school I was out of the special math class and simply put into geometry with the sophomores. Not an advanced class, I essentially just ended up a year ahead of my fellow freshman. Geometry wasn’t too bad since it was sorta visual, but then came more advanced algebra, a semester of trigonometry and then there was pre-calculus. I don’t even know what pre-calculus is or what it’s used for, never mind this “calculus” stuff it supposedly leads up to, but I did somehow manage to just barely pass. The moment I walked out of that final exam at the end of junior year, my brain was like an overfilled balloon, releasing all the math knowledge that had been crammed into it. Pffffffftttt… gone. I had fulfilled my math education quota as required by the State of New Jersey, and have never set foot in a math classroom since.

Today, I make do with what math skills I have managed to retain. I may not have ever found a use for that pre-calculus mumbo-jumbo in real life, but it has been difficult to escape the need for math altogether. In my graphic design work, I need math to calculate measurements and positions in a page layout (knowing the decimal equivalents to fractions of an inch is quite handy); figure out how many printed pieces I can fit on a given sheet of paper and thus how much paper I will need to order; as well as to tally how much of a given craft supply I will need to purchase in order to complete an order of, say, 100 invitations that will each be wrapped with 48″ of twine and use 20″ of adhesive tape, taking into consideration how much product is in one roll of twine or one package of double-sided tape. I will admit that I do resort to using the calculator for simple arithmetic that I probably should be able to do in my head. But at least I know I’m getting the right answer and not second-guessing myself because of my skills (or lack thereof).

So even if your daily life doesn’t require the use quadratic equations, math is important. There are many adorable items to be found on Etsy that celebrate math, and some that simply celebrate the fact that not all of us are gifted in its ways. Whichever side of that fence you fall on, don’t forget to visit the treasury and check the items out for yourself. And remember to visit my other not-so-mathematical Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

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Etsy Treasury: Organize Your Home Office Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Unless you’re some kind of neat-freak, chances are your home office could use a little organizing. My desk space is usually a chaotic mess of to-do, already-done, and perhaps-I-should-do piles (which studies have shown is a sign of true creativity), but I recently got fed up with the mess and cleaned everything off. It’s amazing how much more productive you can be when there are fewer distractions in front of you! (Not that the Internet isn’t one big, fat distraction all by itself…)

Organize Your Home Office Day reminds us to take some time to clear off the clutter and reveal the beautiful surface of your desk. My desktop is actually a 4.5′-long piece of 1/2″ glass I found in my basement when I moved into my apartment. It was nice to finally see the surface I’d cleaned off and rescued from the damp dinginess.

My treasury of home office finds has a bit of a unique color palette inspired by the stained bamboo pen holders. I was a little difficult to find items that fit with the scheme, but I think I did an okay job! Remember to show the featured shops and items some love, and to visit my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

Etsy Treasury: Pack Your Lunch Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Today’s holiday is Pack Your Lunch Day: a day to say “no” to going out for lunch, and instead bring it in from home. It’s obviously cheaper, and most times, it’s healthier, too.

Growing up, I usually brought my lunch to school in a lunch box like every other kid. By the time I was in 5th grade or so, lunch boxes had sorta gone out of fashion in favor of the simpler (though more wasteful) brown bag method. Pretty soon, it was just too much to remember to pack anything, so by the time I was in junior high I bought my lunch at the cafeteria just about every day.

Despite eventually abandoning bringing my own lunch to school, I do remember two of the lunch boxes I has as a kid, and I found them both on Etsy (I had the Smurf and Holly Hobbie boxes)! I can guarantee my friends had a few of the other featured boxes, like the Hulk and Peanuts. Take a stroll through the featured shops, since many of them have other vintage treasures that will bring back memories! And remember to click here for my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?